Bengaluru: After the high voltage political drama for securing the seat in the Karnataka polls ahead of the Hung Assembly, JD(S) state president, HD Kumaraswamy held a press conference and accused the BJP of offering Rs 100 crore cash to each of his lawmakers in a bid to sway them away.
Asserting that there is no question of forming an alliance with the BJP, Kumaraswamy said, “JD(S) MLAs are being offered Rs 100 crore each. Where is this black money coming from? They are supposedly the servers of poor people and they are offering money today. Where are the income tax officials? I want to ask a question that whether BJP and our honourable PM believe in horse trading.”
“Will the governor encourage ‘horse-trading’ or uphold democracy? It saddens me that I am not going to be the chief minister of a majority party but we should fight for democracy, no matter what,” he added.
Kumaraswamy, who met the Governor of Karnataka on Tuesday, told reporters that he pointed out to Governor Vajubhai Vala that in Goa and Manipur, Governor invited biggest post-poll coalition to form the government.
Meanwhile, BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa submitted the papers of his election as BJP Legislature Party leader to Governor Vajubhai Vala and said the Governor has promised to take “appropriate decision”. The Congress is also holding a meeting with its MLAs and has readied plans to “secure” the newly elected lawmakers at resorts. All eyes are now on Governor Vajubhai Vala who will have to decide whether to call BJP, the single largest winner of seats, to try to form the government or go with the JD(S)-Congress combine, which together have a clear majority in the 224-member Assembly.